Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Government and International Studies

Programme Director: Dr YUEN, Samson

BSocSc (Hons) in Government and International Studies provides a programme of study which is intended to give students a firm grasp of the different areas of political science. These cover political sociology (including political institutions, political culture and political behaviour), government and public policy-making, international relations and political economy, political theory and political thought, and political methodology. In geographical terms, the programme focuses on the politics of Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the Asia-Pacific region. The programme seeks to sharpen the student’s awareness by incorporating a systematic, comparative and international dimension, drawing both on the Global and China Studies and European Studies programmes.

Bachelor of Social Sciences in Government and International Studies Combined Degree Programme with Sciences Po Bordeaux (SPB)

Students who have met the required qualifications in the first two years, may opt for a combined degree pathway with Sciences Po Bordeaux — an elite tertiary education institution in France that provides rigorous training in social sciences at large, and contemporary world affairs in particular. Eventually, the students who fulfil the requirements will graduate with three degrees: the Bachelor Degree of Sciences Po Bordeaux at the end of the third year, the BSocSc (Hons) in Government and International Studies at the end of the fourth year from HKBU and Sciences Po's master degree (Diplôme de Sciences Po) at the end of the fifth year. For more details, please visit:

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) Major Courses 57 units
III) Honours Project 6 units
IV) University Core Courses 13 units
V) General Education Courses 18 units
VI) Free Electives 30 units
    128 units


I. Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
  Core Course (1 unit)  
  SOSC1006 Invitation to Social Sciences 1 unit
  Experiential Learning in Action (3 units)  
  SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement 3 units
  SOSC3006 Global Outreach  3 units
II. Major Courses 57 units
  Major Required Courses (24 units)  
  POLS1005 Foundations of Political Science 3 units
  POLS2006 Introduction to Political Economy 3 units
  POLS2007 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units
  POLS2015 Government and Politics of Hong Kong 3 units
  POLS2017 Foundations of International Relations 3 units
  POLS2025 Foundations of Political Philosophy 3 units
  POLS3006 Statistical and Survey Methods for Political Science 3 units
  POLS3017 Government and Politics of China 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (33 units)  
  11 of the following courses: 
  EURO2007 The Political Economy of the European Union 3 units
  EURO2015 Model European Union 3 units
  EURO3205 Comparative Politics of Post-Communist Central Europe 3 units
  EURO4005 Current Issues of European Integration 3 units
  POLS2016 Social Movements and Contentious Politics 3 units
  POLS2026 Ethics, Social Well-being, and Public Health 3 units
  POLS2205 European Politics and Society: French Political and Government System 3 units
  POLS2206 European Politics and Society: German Political Systems and Society 3 units
  POLS3206 Government and Politics of Japan 3 units
  POLS3225 Religion and Politics 3 units
  POLS3226 War and Peace 3 units
  POLS3227 Greater China: State and Society 3 units
  POLS3235 Comparative Democracies: The United Kingdom and The United States 3 units
  POLS3236 Gender and Politics 3 units
  POLS3237 Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China 3 units
  POLS3245 China and the World 3 units
  POLS4207 Comparative Public Administration 3 units
  POLS4225 Political Cultures and Economies in Transition 3 units
  POLS4226 Public Policy and Governance 3 units
  POLS4227 Security Studies 3 units
  POLS4236 Theories of International Relations 3 units
  POLS4237 Topics in Asian Politics 3 units
  POLS4245 Topics in Comparative and Global Politics 3 units
  POLS4246 Topics in European Politics 3 units
  POLS4247 Comparative Electoral and Party Politics 3 units
  POLS4255 Comparative Regionalism and Regionalization 3 units
  POLS4256 Comparative Authoritarianism and Democratization 3 units
  POLS4257 International and Global Justice 3 units
  POLS4265 Topics in Political Theory and Philosophy 3 units
  POLS4266 China-EU, Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges 3 units
III. Honours Project 6 units
  POLS4898 Honours Project 3 units
  POLS4899 Honours Project 3 units
IV. University Core Courses 13 units
V. General Education Courses 18 units
VI. Free Electives 30 units
    128 units
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